Gillespie follows the National Curriculum for KS1 & KS2 and the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Nursery and Reception.
We develop a creative approach to teaching subjects in the curriculum to ensure that cross curricular links are made, facilitating deep and meaningful learning for pupils. We provide vibrant additional specialist learning opportunities in Science and Music.
As recommended for all state schools, Gillespie follows the Foundation Stage curriculum set out by the government. For children in the Nursery and Reception classes, this means a curriculum that is organised into six areas of learning: personal, social and emotional development; communication, language and literacy; mathematical development; knowledge and understanding of the world; physical development; and creative development.
Some learning is led and structured by adults and some is initiated by children through play and exploration.
As required for all state schools, Gillespie follows the New National Curriculum set out by government orders to commence in September 2014. We will carefully and gradually be implementing the new curriculum across this year and will keep parents informed of changes. Children in Years 2 and 6 will continue to study the requirements of the previous national curriculum until the end of July 2015 as the arrangements for assessment and testing remain the same for those year groups until September 2015.
The curriculum is divided into two Key Stages- Key Stage 1 for Years 1 & 2 (Infant children) and Key Stage 2 for Years 3-6 (Junior children). Throughout, there are three “core” subjects: English, Maths and Science. Children are also taught what are known as the “foundation” subjects: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. In addition it is the school statutory duty to teach Religious Education using the agreed syllabus designed by the Local Education Authority. Though not statutory, the school considers it is important to continue teaching Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) which includes Sex and Relationship Education (SRE).
We use a cross curricular approach across each term to enable children to make natural links between subject areas and deepen their learning. Each class studies an overall topic theme in each term- which can be found under the ‘Learning’ section of this website. We also involve children in deciding and planning aspects of their learning.
Children study English for at least 1 hour each day and Maths for at least 1 hour each day. The time spent on other subjects will vary depending on which year they are in. For all subjects, children are taught as a class with work adapted for groups or individuals of different abilities where appropriate.
All lessons are carefully planned in advance, with the Headteacher overseeing the plans on a weekly basis. Subject Coordinators (senior teachers in the school) also monitor the plans to make sure the curriculum is being covered and progress is being made.